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December 11, 2020

ELLIOT PAGE, LAVERNE COX AND OTHERS SHOW DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD IS ABOUT MORE THAN RACE

Inclusion is evolving.Nowhere is this truer than in Hollywood, where there has been increased demand for improved representation by gender, sexuality, religion and opportunities for the disabled in the industry.The recent announcement by “Juno” star Elliot Page that they are transgender and identify as non-binary was greeted with surprise but also cheers by supporters and trans advocates alike. […]

Inclusion is evolving.Nowhere is this truer than in Hollywood, where there has been increased demand for improved representation by gender, sexuality, religion and opportunities for the disabled in the industry.The recent announcement by “Juno” star Elliot Page that they are transgender and identify as non-binary was greeted with surprise but also cheers by supporters and trans advocates alike. The term “non-binary” describes a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female; the use of they/them pronouns when referring to an individual is a way of respecting this personal identity.Content by LorexSmart home security systems to keep you safeSave 25% off sitewide on Cyber Monday with code CM2020 at checkout.Page’s story had me reflecting on 2015, when I had written about the public debut of Caitlyn Jenner via the cover of Vanity Fair. It reminded me of the power of celebrity.More from Pop Life Chronicle.

Attitudes about the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage started to shift, thanks in part to television personalities like Ellen DeGeneres and the late “Real World” cast member and AIDS activist Pedro Zamora, and the sitcom series “Will & Grace.”Now, celebs like Page are helping to further educate people about the trans community.

Award-winning actress Laverne Cox, shown here at the 71st Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre in LA on September 22, 2019, is an advocate for LGBTQ rights.Laverne Cox: The “Orange Is the New Black” star made history in 2015. Cox became the first openly transgender person to win a Daytime Emmy Award when she was honored as executive producer for “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.”close dialog

Subscribe to Pop Life Chronicles with Lisa Respers France for all the latest happenings that matter in Hollywood.Sign Me UpBy subscribing you agree to ourprivacy policy.She also has multiple primetime Emmy nominations and has used her platform to speak out for LGBTQ rights.Most recently, Cox went public with a transphobic attack she said she and a friend suffered in a Los Angeles park.”This has happened to me before,” Cox said during an Instagram Live video on her verified account. “I’ve been trans my whole life. I’ve been harassed and bullied my whole life. None of this is new, but it’s still just kind of like, ‘Who cares?’ and then ‘Why do you need to be aggressive?'”Sadly, such violence toward members of the community is not uncommon. At least 37 transgender and gendernonconforming people were killed in 2020, according to a report released in November by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Former “Henry Danger” actor Michael D. Cohen revealed in 2019 to Time magazine that he had transitioned from female to male.Michael D. Cohen: The Nickelodeon actor told Time magazine last year that while he doesn’t use the term “transgender” to describe himself, he had transitioned from female to male.”I was misgendered at birth,” he said at the time. “I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”Cohen, who has costarred on the series “Henry Danger,” said he chose to share his story to both help others and in protest of the rollback of rights for the trans community.His then teen costar, Jace Norman, told Time the revelation “didn’t change anything about the high level of respect and admiration I have for the guy,” and added, “it’s in the best interest of the entire world to have every type of person represented on TV.”

“Pose” director and trans woman Janet Mock made history with a multiyear Netflix deal in June 2019.Janet Mock: The former journalist is wielding a great deal of power behind the scenes these days.Mock is a writer/producer/director for the critically acclaimed FX series “Pose” and in 2019 broadened her Hollywood resume with a three-year, multimillion dollar Netflix deal.”There’s potential to introduce hundreds of millions of viewers to trans people, and showing people who may not understand us, that we can tell our own stories,” Mock said at the time.Such representation would not have been conceivable just a short time ago. It’s further evidence of the influence of Hollywood on our culture.

Article written by:  Orville Lynch, Jr.
Mr. Lynch, a member of the legendary two-time Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Award winning Lynch Family. Mr. Lynch is a nationally recognized urban media executive with over 20+ years of diversity recruitment and serial entrepreneur with numerous multi-million dollar exits.

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